I love the idiom “A picture is worth a thousand words.” It refers to the notion that a complex idea can be conveyed with just a single still image, or that an image of a subject conveys its meaning/essence more effectively than a description does (Wikipedia). Pictures can capture so much. I want to freeze everything in time from chubby cheeks, missing teeth, sweet smiles, grumpy looks, happy moments, to the signature faces each of my children naturally make and the list could go on.
Our family pictures were taken first at an inexpensive store studio and then by a talented dear friend and our latest pictures were taken by my amazingly accomplished cousin. Family pictures can be very stressful, right! Because the kids are invariably tired and restless we often leave wondering how the finished product would look. Given the rugged experience of many a photo shoot, we have surprisingly always loved the pictures.
In the past we have displayed the family pictures and rotated them with new photographs each year. Then with all the recent ‘ gallery wall craze ’ I thought that it would be fun to display all of pictures together-past and present. (My husband had the idea a long time ago and I was just not on board yet.) So, one night James and I decided to just get the project done! During the process I started to really like what we were creating. Then, when we finished, I stepped back and I thought, I’m not too sure about this. The minimalist in me was sort of against the finished product because of the number of photos in one space. When our children woke up the next morning and saw it they loved it! The best reaction was from my seven year old. He was lying on the couch with his hands behind his head, staring at the wall as he said with a smile “Thanks Mom and Dad!” So it started to grow on me.
Here are the items I used and the steps I took to create it….
Family Gallery Wall
- Pictures on foam board
- (Loctite) Fun Tak Mounting Putty
- A Level
This is a corner shot of Grandpa’s frame. I love the intricate details!
- I began gathering my pictures past and present. Years ago I had my pictures put on foam board because I liked the frameless look. I have found that the quickest and least expensive way to do this is to have them developed at Costco and have them put on foam board in Hobby Lobby’s framing department. (It is even cheaper if you use your daily 40% off coupon!) You can also buy your own foam board and use a can of spray adhesive.
- I put our most recent pictures in gold frames. I wanted them to stand out from past pictures. Our family picture is in a frame my Grandpa picked out. He was an artist and he would buy frames so he would have them on hand for his paintings when they were completed. He did not end up using this gold one for a painting, but I think he would be happy that our family picture is in it–like he took a part in creating it
- I have found the best putty for the foam board is blue (Loctite) Fun Tak Mounting Putty. It can be found at Staples.
- James and I placed our latest framed family picture in the center of the wall and began to randomly hang the rest. I hung the pictures in an unorganized way. I generally hang pictures in a straight orderly pattern, but I wanted to do something different this time. It was nice to use the putty with the majority of the pictures, because I had the freedom to move things around and not worry about leaving several holes in the wall.
- The most important step is to enjoy what you are creating. You can gather your favorite snap shots through the years they do not have to be professional pictures. You can also display the photos with art, meaningful knickknacks, quotes etc. Make it your own gallery wall. The possibilities are endless!